Chernobyl on HBO

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  1. The Thriller

    The Thriller Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else watching this show? What are your thoughts so far?
     
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  2. Zombie

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    It's ridiculously good, and gut wrenching. I'm not sure which is more terrifying, the meltdown itself or the orwellian response of the Soviet state in the aftermath of the disaster. The attention to detail is stunning, as is the acting and writing. It's going to go down as one of the all time great miniseries.
     
  3. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    Thought crime...
     
  4. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    Watched the first episode before work today. Excellent show, imagine if something like that really happened they'd probably end up turning the joint into a tourist attraction or something...
     
  5. Wes Mantooth

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    I never knew so many Brits lived in the former USSR.
     
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  6. Zombie

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    Haha that part definitely takes a little bit of suspension of disbelief. Although, when it comes to that sort of thing I'd prefer actors stick an accent they are comfortable with rather than putting on a hokey Russian one. So far their performances have been flawless, Stellen Skarsgard and Jared Harris in particular.
     
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  7. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    Any actor that looks like Stellen Skarsgard would probably have to be able to act.
     
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  8. Carbon13

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    Would y’all be comfortable having a nuclear power plant near your house?
     
  9. Bulletproof

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    Yes.

    I lived on a nuclear powered ship for 4 years. **** is absolutely amazing. Our nuclear powered aircraft carriers have capabilities that would be impossible on a conventionally powered ship.

    First the ship could sail around at full speed for 25 years non-stop.

    Our aircraft carriers have the fastest top speed of any warship in the U.S. fleet (if you look up speeds the U.S. officially lists all ships as being 35kts+).

    Because so much water is needed for cooling the reactors and powering the steam catapults there was always plenty of extra water for showers and the like, because the ship had its own desalination plant capable of delivering 200,000 gallons a day of clean fresh water. It's not like that on all Navy ships.

    Because so much less space is needed for fuel to power and propel the ship nuclear aircraft carriers can carry more than twice the ordinance load. More fuel can be kept on board for aircraft use. More space for food storage. Just a lot more space in general that isn't being used to hold fuel.

    No emissions.

    I'd MUCH rather live next to a nuclear power plant than a coal power plant.

    The things that caused Chernobyl are very preventable in modern Nuclear power plants.
     
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  10. Carbon13

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    I agree, nuclear power on a per unit of energy basis causes far fewer deaths than coal.
     
  11. The Thriller

    The Thriller Well-Known Member

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    I still wouldn’t want to live next door to a nuclear power plant. But I guess if the alternative is living next door to a coal plant, I’ll take the nuke every time.
     
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  12. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    3 episodes in and it could be the best show i've seen in a long time.
     
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  13. The Thriller

    The Thriller Well-Known Member

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    That’s where I’m at. I’ve read online that ep 4 is a real show stopper. Which is amazing since every episode so far has been incredible.
     
  14. fishonjazz

    fishonjazz Well-Known Member Contributor 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    Just finished episode 1. It has me captivated and I really like it. Not about to declare it in my favorites ever yet but there is potential.

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    When the disaster happened (i was 10 at that time), then of course local news and Moscow TV1 and TV2 showed that everything is under control. However, Finnish TV (it was visible from the northern Estonia, if your Made-in-USSR TV set had a hobby-made PAL unit inside) showed, that it was a BIG disaster and some waste clouds might even land in Sweden. Although we understood that Ukraine is far away, we still were little bit anxious about whether you should be afraid of rain etc. Lots of young persons (today so called Chernobyl veterans) were detained (under the name of military training) and sent to clean up the disaster. Those who survived initially are now having all kind of health problems.
     
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  16. candrew

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    A friend of mine lived in Kiev at the time of the meltdown. Her family didn't even find out about it until 4 days later.

    Evacuation was voluntary but if you did you were scanned for radiation at a checkpoint which she showed signs of (she was 11 at the time) she had to take off all her clothes on the side of the road - l can't even imagine how horrifying that must have been.

    Anyway that was the last straw for her father, who hated communism to begin with, they defected to West Germany about 2 years later.
     
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  17. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    Watched the fourth episode before I went to sleep last night, thought the pacing was a bit quick maybe they could have put an extra episode in for pacing but maybe the material wasn't there. The third episode has so far been my favourite. It kind of makes you think about how states like China or North Korea would act in a similar position today.
     
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  18. prodigy

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    i was curious and turned it on and it was the part with the man and his wife refusing to leave him despite his condition getting worse and worse. just horrific. i couldn't sleep after.
     
  19. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    yeah just tragic, but brilliantly played innit?
     
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  20. fishonjazz

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    Just finished it. Very good. I thought the last episode was the best

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